If the parties settle their disagreement based on a Board recommendation, the parties do not have to tell the Board. The Board does not draft minutes of settlement or provide a binding order.
If no settlement is reached during the BON process, either party may file an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). If an appeal is filed with the OMB, the act states that it is as “though the negotiation proceedings had not taken place.”
Closing the matter
Sometimes the BON will close a matter without holding a meeting. This happens when parties do not provide scheduling information within a reasonable amount of time. Before a file is closed, the parties are given a deadline to provide their available dates for the meeting. If the deadline passes without a response, the file is closed. The file may be re-opened if the parties provide the BON with meeting dates.